Middle School English Language Arts (Semester 2-Science Fiction)

In this all-in-one Science Fiction themed English Language Arts course for Middle School aged students, we will read Science Fiction, write fiction and non-fiction pieces, do peer-editing, and complete a final project/presentation.
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Completed by 35 learners

55 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 12 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

How Outschool Works

Available Times

Pacific Time

Mon Jan 9, 2023

Jan 9, 2023 - Mar 27, 2023 (12 weeks)
5pm - 5:55pm

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Class Experience

Students will read widely in the realm of science fiction, recognize classic tropes and character types, improve their skills at composition and literary analysis, and be better equipped for self-editing and peer-editing.
Since this is a flipped classroom setting (students do most of their learning at home through reading and assignments and meet with the teacher and classmates weekly for discussion and presentations) there is a lot of homework.  Students will read every week including novels, short stories, and poetry.  We may do worksheets/blookets to practice skills they are struggling with. They will be responsible for writing, peer-editing, self-editing and presentations. In total I would expect students to work a minimum of 5 hours outside of class a week to keep up. Please understand this class is designed as a full semester of English Language Arts. 
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Parents will need to find an edition of "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L'Engle. This does not have to be purchased if it is available at your local library. Learners will choose two more novels from a curated list. These will also need to be purchased or borrowed.
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 If a parent desires a grade assigned, please contact me before the semester begins. I am willing to provide a homework grade, final project grade and overall grade for the class.  All homework will be marked with feedback.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
Parents need to be aware that topics like euthanasia, suicide, murder, cannibalism, aliens, and the supernatural come up in the novels or short stories. Several of the short stories included a 1-3 "bad words." None of the novels or short stories have material that struck the teacher as being explicit or inappropriate for middle school aged learners. However, parents are the best judge of their individual reader, their maturity, and their sensitivities. Please carefully examine the literature list and contact me with any questions or concerns. 


Tassie Bauman SmithWriting, Grammar, Literature and ESL
318 total reviews
281 completed classes

About Me

I teach all kinds of English classes including writing, grammar, literature, and ESL.  I am an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction especially poetry, science fiction, and fantasy. 

I have been teaching for more than 10 years.  I taught English... 
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